Journey is looking to its Bay Area roots for the “San Francisco Fest” tour, where the band will be joined by fellow classic rockers and Bay Area natives The Doobie Brothers.
The just-announced tour kicks off May 12 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater and will hit 40-plus cities, including an Aug. 28, 2016 date at Fresno’s Save Mart Center. Tickets to the show are $20-$129.50 and available 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at select Save Mart supermarkets, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Journey set the standard for what’s considered classic rock, with a string of radio hits like “Don’t Stop Believin,” and “Open Arms.” The group’s music got a popularity boost thanks to the FOX show “Glee” and has since become part of the pop-culture lexicon (and the karaoke circuit, no doubt). Journey’s tour with the Steve Miller band last year consistently ranked as on the the top 20 North American concert tours, according to Pollstar.
The current band includes founding member Neal Schon, plus Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain and singer Arnel Pineda. Pineda replaces the iconic Steve Perry, who left the band in 1987. This tour marks the return of drummer Steve Smith. It is the first time he has performed with the band since 1998.
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Comedy show also announced
Jo Koy will make a return trip to Fresno.
The comedian, known for regular spots on the late-night show “Chelsea Lately,” plays Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Saroyan Theatre. Tickets are $35 and are on sale now at the Saroyan Theatre Box office or online at ticketwmaster.com.
Koy performs explosive, high-energy stand-up at sold-out clubs across the nation and has been featured on TV shows such as “The Joy Behar Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
The show is the first of several concerts from Icon Entertainment, which recently inked a deal to bring six shows to Saroyan Theatre in 2016.